Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail

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The 106.5-mile Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (FKOHT) will stretch the length of the Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West, the southernmost point of the continental United States. The trail is also part of a larger effort called the East Coast Greenway, which will link multi-use trails from Florida all the way to Maine.

Currently, more than 75 miles of the FKOHT have been paved and completed. For the rest, users will have to share the road with vehicles. The trail runs parallel to US Highway 1. Use extreme caution as some areas have narrow shoulders, causing potentially dangerous traffic encounters. The trail is also quite exposed, so bring lots of sunscreen.

Tracing the course of Henry Flagler's old railroad line, FKOHT includes 23 of the rail bridges, the longest of which is 7 miles. Some of these have been converted back to their original configuration, but with added safety rails and an asphalt surface. To accommodate fishing, platforms have been added to some of the reconditioned spans, including the 2.2-mile Long Key Bridge and smaller spans at Channel 2, Toms Harbor, and Toms Harbor Cut. In addition, the trail links a number of superb natural areas and historic sites.

Some highlights include:

  • Lower Matacumbe Key to Channel 5 historic bridge, 5.5 miles (MM 72-MM 77.5)
  • Long Key Trail & Bridge, 2.2 miles (MM 65-MM 68.5)
  • Grassy Key Trail, 4 miles (MM 54.5-MM 58.5)
  • Toms Harbor/Toms Harbor Cut, 5 miles (MM 60.5-MM 61.5)
  • Saddlebunch Trail, 4 miles (MM 11-MM15)
  • Knight's Key Trailhead to Pigeon Key, 2 miles (MM45-MM 47)
  • Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock State Park
  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
  • Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park
  • Indian Key Historic State Park
  • Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park
  • San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve
  • Curry Hammock State Park
  • Bahia Honda State Park
  • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available in many places throughout the Florida Keys. For detailed route information traveling from Key West, visit the FKOHT northbound route map. For detailed route information traveling from Key Largo, visit the FKOHT southbound route map.

For more information, contact:
Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail
Office of Greenways & Trails
3 La Croix Court
Key Largo, FL 33037
(305) 853-3571

Reviews

It appears FL DOT is removing part of Heritage Trail in Marathon Key!

   January, 2016 by thomasmorton

It appears Florida DOT is removing part of the heritage Trail on marathon key How disappointing! It appears the DOT is going to remove a full half mile of the trail that is already established! Making an extra car lane out of it - I suppose to support ...read more

Bad Spot Mile 11

   January, 2016 by youker

From about mile 15 all the way to Key West it is excellent trail except for one small spot about mile 11. At about mile 15 at Bay Point Park there is parking behind Babies Coffee Shop. From here the trail all on the Ocean side goes thru the Saddle Bunch ...read more

Some is safe most is a death trap

   January, 2016 by dockat

From Key Largo to Key West the trail is off and on. The FDOT is playing games with cyclists lives to get budget . On several bridges the FDOT upgraded rails and other improvements to separate the trail from the two lane over crowded US 1. To then turn ...read more